TPA Submits Comments to Postal Regulatory Commission on Negotiated Service Agreements

Michi Iljazi

June 17, 2016

This week, the Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) submitted comments to the Postal Regulatory Commission (PRC) on Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs). TPA continues to call for reforms at the United States Postal Service (USPS) as there is much work to be done.  The recent reported second quarter loss of $2 billion shows that the USPS’s fiscal predicaments continue to be troubling, adding to the massive debt that the agency has accumulated in recent years. It is critical that the USPS get their financial books in order, seat a full Board of Governors, and begin to work with Congress and the White House to start moving towards real reform.

Read TPA’s submission to the PRC on NSAs below:

Postal Regulatory Commission WASHINGTON, D.C.

In the Matter of: Response PRC Request for Public Comment on Report to the President and Congress
Docket PI2016-3

Comments of the Taxpayers Protection Alliance Amendment 4 – Negotiated Service Agreements (NSAs)

The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit non-partisan organization dedicated to educating the public through the research, analysis and dissemination of information on the government’s effects on the economy. We are submitting these comments on behalf of American taxpayers who are concerned about the future of U.S. Postal Service and its ability fulfill its core letter mail service.

TPA requests the Commission to further scrutinize the continued engagement of the Postal Service in NSAs with its corporate partners due to the sizable impact on its services and the lack of transparency. In a blog posting and in an interview in the article below, TPA president, David Williams notes how the Postal Service is systemically morphing its operations in order to prioritize package delivery services through Amazon, and is not revealing sufficient information to the public about the arrangements. Doing so comes at a time when USPS is reporting further declines in delivery performance metrics on first class and standard mail, which they agency is chartered to fulfill for taxpayers.

After losing more than $50 billion in the last 9 years, the Postal

Service must focus on its core products, which remain highly profitable, instead of NSAs under which the agency concedes much operational control.

TPA included the following two articles with our comment submission: